TNT has purchased the off-network syndication rights to the CBS sophomore drama The Mentalist. The deal is said to be worth between $2.2 and $2.3 million per episode. The series will begin running weekly on TNT beginning in the fall of 2011, followed by a full launch in 2012.
Meanwhile, USA Network picked up the off-network syndication rights to CBS freshman drama NCIS: Los Angeles also for a reported $2.2 to $2.3 million per episode. USA Network will have the rights to begin airing the show weekly beginning in September 2011, followed by a full launch in the fall of 2013.